CheekySimion 2015-Jul-22 at 09:14:37 GMT-5: Is there a print of this work available anywhere? This painting captures the nuances of colour, light and magic in that bleak -40 landscape. I am a naturalized rather than native prairie girl and this painting shows what the prairie landscape has revealed of itself, what has kept me here -- the beauty and character one must have the patience to see. Thank you, Ms. Mitchell. I would love to have a copy (or the original!) for my home.
Tinaron 2013-Oct-24 at 09:24:45 GMT-5: gorgeous, lovely and the text accompanying is just as rich..please how about a book of joni discussing her paintings? My sister is an artist and could travel right there with her, brush in hand. i cannot imagine what 40 below is like. Thanks Joan
eltonashon 2013-Aug-28 at 19:45:54 GMT-5: This particular piece captures my childhood growing up in Saskatchewan. As harsh as winters can be, there is something dramatically beautiful at the same time. I have admired this painting for years.
Kathy704on 2012-Sep-30 at 19:06:29 GMT-5: Thanks folks, for noticing this. I think about this painting frequently and feel a kinship with others who have noticed it.
bozitoon 2011-Sep-15 at 15:54:13 GMT-5: Forty Below Zero
Survivors out in the Light of God,
Hermits, every one, in the Presence of God.
I can hear Leonard Cohen's "Alleluia" in the plugs
Down on the jeep's seat, or Van Morrison's
"(And It's Almost) Independence Day" ...
music to stay warm by, y'know? In the cool, cool ...
Shining light of blent cathexis, God in Epiphany!
"In harmony, with the cosmic sea,
True love needs no company
If Dogs Run Free"
I am a painter. I notice things. I notice here
how very large that storage drum is. What's it full of? Must be diesel fuel oil I guess. Gets
frigid, and liquid cannot be compressed, and black absorbs no light because it's already absorbed it all.
It's the stillness and stiffness and solitude -- everything here has tremendous gratitude.
The yellow is blent to the blue via the rose, whereas the big brown bushy trees must be bare and thick to collect enough moisture.
The perspective is a mean, an average, meaningless almost since one place is so like another. Is God forgiving in this unforgiving landscape? Tht is my ego talking I know, I know.
One must move on. Appreciate her, not comprehend her completely, and move on. This is not a folk tale or song. It's the bitter icy, shrill wind of the chanteuse in a moment of keen realization that the gift will not go on forever -- the perspective is an illusion -- there are places people won't go, not even she.... not even she will enter there where the demons lose their minds.
And God must restore their sanity.
With the gentlest of light and patient chill time alone in deep meditation (if you ask me, but I have that perspective because I'm schizophrenic and so I know for a fact that God's Mind Is More Likely Than My Own) ..
It's a Rare Attraction. One for the Sami Tribe.
No wonder it's her best work -- she's painting the soul of her tribe.
u2973on 2010-Aug-21 at 16:47:12 GMT-5: My husband and I have been married for 29 years and he loves this painting. I would like to know if a "print" of this work is available? Being able to offer him this painting as a gift would be a wonderful experience...he is very simplistic in many ways and asks very little of others but gives so much. He has been talking about Joni Mitchell "the artist" for most of our married lives and to be able to present him with a painting or a print of a painting would be pretty special!
Willie_Yanockon 2009-Nov-06 at 18:06:56 GMT-5: I think it might be her best landscape painting.
AnnBrodnaxon 2009-May-09 at 21:31:46 GMT-5: I am really moved by this painting. I can't quite put a label on it. All I know is that it makes me want to bundle up with a thermos of coffee and Bailey's and go for a walk. I love the silence that exists in the insulating accoustic properties of snow. I can just imagine the crunching of my foot steps, the steam of my breath, and seeing where the road takes me, always driven by my wanderlust.